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The Eroding Working Waterfront

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 With a coastline of 5,300 miles, how much is left for commercial fishing endeavors? A study a few years back revealed only 20 miles total left with 2/3rds of this being leased land subject to future sales. 2 years ago the state of Maine population overwhelmingly supported a 2 million dollar bond initiative to provide matching state funds for fisherman who want to purchase the land they use. (Currently there are 6 projects in the works.)  A ¾ of a billion dollar industry directly competing with  the 2nd home property market. Awareness and preservation of the “working waterfront” is critical to keep this wonderful state in balance

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